Formal MD Thesis Requirement
All students at Yale School of Medicine engage in research and are required to write an M.D. thesis during medical school. The only exceptions are students who have earned a Ph.D. degree in the health sciences before matriculation and students enrolled in Yale's M.D.-Ph.D. program. The YSM M.D. Thesis is under the governance of the YSM Thesis Committee, which meets regularly to recommend policy to the Curriculum Committee for all aspects of the Thesis requirement. Specifically, rules, regulations, and deadlines are established. The Committee also serves as the Thesis Awards Committee, acting as a reviewing body to determine oral presentations at Student Research Day, graduation thesis prizes and guidelines for the awarding of prizes.